Global Politics

Mediterranean island

The shores of a Mediterranean island are on our radar today. It's part of Italy, the largest the three Pelagian Islands south of Sicily. The island's been a popular retreat throughout history. It once served as a maritime base for the ancient Phoenicians, and early Greek and Arab mariners but it's in the news now because it's just 70 miles from Tunisia.

Player utilities

Listen to the Story.

That's made this a popular destination for immigrants from Africa hoping to land their boats in Europe. In fact, thousands of Tunisians recently fled to this tiny Italian outpost. They're fleeing the unrest back home – following the uprising that toppled the country's longtime president.

So, can you name the Italian island they've landed on?
Geo Answer:

The answer the island of Lampedusa. Megan Williams reports from this Italian island that's become a transit point for many illegal immigrants from Tunisia who are hoping to gain entry to Europe.